The Primetime Emmy Awards

Sunday 8:00 PM on CBS Premiered Jan 25, 1949 Special




  • Season 60 Episode 1: The 60th Annual Primetime...

  • With the sixth straight Emmy for both The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Amazing Race in the outstanding variety, music or comedy series and outstanding reality-competition program categories, respectively, they set a new record for most consecutive wins for a show in a single category. The record of five consecutive years was previously held by Frasier (outstanding comedy series) and The Late Show with David Letterman (outstanding variety, music or comedy series).

  • The 17 nominations that 30 Rock got this year is the most nominations a comedy show has ever received in a single year.

  • When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program" were shown, and the writers of Late Night With Conan O'Brien were named, O'Brien appeared in bed with Angelina Jolie and a bunch of foreign babies.

  • When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program" were shown, and the writers of The Late Show With David Letterman were named, Dr. Phil McGraw appeared insulting each one.

  • When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program" were shown, and the writers of Saturday Night Live were named, they appeared as MIIs, which are characters you can create in the video game console WII. Even the music is the same.

  • When the nominees for "Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series" were named, scenes from the nominated episodes were shown through iPhones.

  • The show went to commercials in the middle of Kirk Ellis' (scriptwriter of John Adams) speech.

  • When Heidi Klum introduced presenter David Boreanaz, she said that he was from the show "The Bones", when it's actually just Bones.

  • In the "In Memoriam" tribute, George Carlin was shown twice. He was the first and last one to appear.

  • HBO's John Adams set an Emmy record when it won 13 Emmy awards (including eight from the Creative Emmy Awards) this year. The previous record, held by HBO's Angels in America, was 11.

  • In Memoriam Tribute:
    George Carlin, Bernie Brillstein, Joey Bishop, William F. Buckley, Charlton Heston, Les Crane, Alice Ghostley, Ivan Dixon, Cyd Charisse, Mel Ferrer, Claudio Guzman, Barry Morse, Deborah Kerr, Larry Harmon, Estelle Getty, Roger King, Sydney Pollack, Ron Leavitt, Bernie Mac, Eric Lieber, Suzanne Pleshette, Abby Mann, Dick Martin, Delbert Mann, Harvey Korman, Jim McKay, Lois Nettleton, Mel Tolkin, Richard Widmark, Stan Winston, Tim Russert, and Isaac Hayes

  • Josh Groban's TV Theme Medley:
    The Simpsons, Friends, Happy Days, Golden Girls, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, The Andy Griffith Show, Love Boat, Law & Order, The Addams Family, The Muppets, The X-Files, South Park, The Jeffersons, Baywatch, The Brady Bunch, Cops, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan o'Brien, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Two and a Half Men, Rawhide, Gilligan's Island, M*A*S*H, The Carol Burnett Show, Cheers

  • Awards & Nominations by Networks:
    ABC - 76 (12)
    AMC - 20 (8)
    CBS - 51 (10)
    FOX - 28 (4)
    HBO - 85 (26)
    NBC - 50 (10)
    PBS - 33 (10)
    Showtime - 21 (5)
    Others - 112 (22)

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